Transport Women Australia Limited Founders

Glenys Jardine

Leanna O'Neill

Nola Bransgrove OAM

Tania Macaulay

Julie Ann Pobjoy

Samantha Palmer

Jan Middleton

Robyn Stepnell

Our Team

Jacquelene Brotherton

Jacquelene Brotherton


Jacquelene has worked in the transport and logistics industry for over 5 decades and is still as passionate as ever.


Her many and varied roles have included livestock, general and refrigerated transport as well as fleet management, training, and compliance.


She has her own consulting company, J Brotherton & Associates and also works as a TV Host with Import Export TV, and as a Digital Transformation Advisor to ConnectAuz Pty Ltd. Involved with many Industry Associations, Jacquelene serves as Chair of the Wyndham Industrial Liaison Development (WILD) committee; she is a member the Committee for Wyndham, and the Women in Trucking USA, plus the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada.


She has been a Life Member of the Livestock Transporters Association of NSW (now LBRCA) since 1998; this was bestowed for her contribution to the group. In 2018, she won both the Excellence in Road Transport Award at the Women in Industry Awards and the Inaugural Female Leadership in Transport Award at the Australian Freight Industry Awards. In 2019, at the prestigious Wyndham Business Awards, she won the Businessperson of the Year Award.


She is now sharing her passion with future generations of people who are being encouraged to join the industry. She has been able to do this most recently through the TWAL projects with the Girl Guides and secondary schools, the “Women Driving Transport Careers” female licensing course, the Creating Connections Mentoring programme, her regular column in Big Rigs Magazine and her publications in national and international magazines.


She says, “Trucking has been a wonderful career and life for me, and I know that it can be for anyone.” Transport Women Australia are continuing their campaign to improve the profile and everyday image of everyone in our industry.

Pam McMillan

Pam McMillan

Immediate Past Chair

Pam McMillan remains on the Board as the Immediate Past Chair. Pam was invited to join the board of Transport Women Australia Limited in 2000, soon after incorporation.


She served 11 years as Chair in the ensuing years. She is always available for invaluable advice and knowledge about the history of TWAL.


She was the Transport Women Australia Limited representative on the Australian Trucking Association Council for seven years. Pam was the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year in 1999 and the 2017 Women in Industry Award winner for Excellence in Road Transport.


In 2019, Pam was awarded the Inaugural Trish Pickering Memorial Award which is awarded to recognise women who have dedicated themselves to improving the road transport industry through continuous years of contribution whilst upholding the four pillars on which it is based – being a role model, and showing strength, leadership, independence, and encouragement to future generations.


At the 2022 TWAL Driving the Difference Conference, Pam was awarded Life Membership for her years of dedication to the organisation.

Coralie Chapman

Coralie Chapman

Vice Chair

Coralie Chapman has been working in the transport industry for over 20 years and is now the National Logistics Manager for Humes Concrete Products (Holcim).


Coralie has worked in most aspects of the industry including having her own trucks with her ex-husband. She loves working around trucks and holds a current heavy rigid licence. Since joining the board in 2016 Coralie has served as company secretary’ and is now Vice Chair. Coralie also looks after most of the admin with the support of other board members. In 2018 Coralie represented the Victorian Transport Association at the inaugural Future Leaders program run by the Australian Trucking Association and sponsored by Daimler Truck Australia Pacific. In 2019 Coralie was awarded the ATA National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year at Trucking Australia in Perth.


“I love the industry and I enjoy every aspect of it. Working in transport has given me purpose and an amazing career so far. You get to work with some of the most amazing people all while doing something that supports everyone.”

Coralie also loves being on the TWAL board and is looking forward to continuing the great work that has already been done by TWAL and working on new and exciting projects that promotes and helps support the transport and logistics industry.

True Sawrey

True Sawrey

Company Secretary

True has worked in the transport industry since 2013 but has been part of the industry since she was born, growing up around her Grandmother and Father’s family business, Ross Transport.


True is our youngest member on the board, who is highly enthusiastic and motivated about the future for women in the transport industry and recognising the importance of the roles women play within the industry. True is our social media guru and assists in the administration responsibilities of TWAL, she is the TWAL Company Secretary.


True is currently the General Manager of Ross Transport, doing various job roles and overseeing all areas of the operation for the family business; whilst managing her boy/girl twins at home. True has completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Human Resource Management and a Minor in Business Law and has completed various other training relating to Transport and Logistics. True is extremely passionate in attracting, hiring, training and more importantly retaining of women and the younger generation into the transport industry.


True is involved with other industry associations and transport events and enjoys being surrounded by other motivated and likeminded women and men in the industry. True is heavily involved in the i98fm Illawarra Convoy, attends various truck shows throughout the year and also attends various industry events such as the ATA conference, ALC conference, TWAL Conference and various other safety forums always making her comments on how the industry can be safer. True is Wollongong, NSW based and always available by email or message by LinkedIn.

Di Caldwell-Smith

Di Caldwell-Smith

Director (Governance)

A board director since November 2016, Di is proud to be part of an incredible board of women working towards creating opportunities for women in the transport and logistics workspace.


Di advocates and encourages non-traditional careers and diversity whenever the opportunity presents itself.


Di is a governance and compliance specialist in the Superannuation and Wrap investment industry, and currently is employed to provide product and promoter services to OneVue Wealth (a subsidiary of the Iress Group), one of Australia’s largest and successful IT and software providers to the financial industry.


Di has worked with and formed lasting friendships with many transport and logistics operators, association members, charities, and generally those with an interest in providing opportunities for diversity in the transport and logistics space over the years.


She has a long history with working with various transport associations in Australia, as well as with her family and friend’s transport businesses. Di is enthusiastic about the future for women in the transport and logistics space, the variety of opportunities available, as well as the role Transport Women Australia Limited can play in promoting and encouraging women and all seeking non-traditional careers to enter and thrive in their chosen working arrangement.

Penne Murphy

Penne Murphy


Penne has worked in the insurance industry for almost 20 years.


Currently, Penne is the Executive Account Manager of the Transport Division at Interlink Insurance Brokers and has primarily specialised in sourcing insurance and risk solutions for the Transport and Logistics Industry since 2013 both as an Underwriter and an Insurance Broker.


Through her engagement with diverse transport businesses and operators over the years, Penne developed her passion to educate and empower as many people as possible. Penne loves having honest discussions surrounding the issues being faced by the industry and always welcomes discussions surrounding better business practices.

“I am appreciative of the way Transport Women Australia Limited advocates for women in the transport industry and am honoured to be given the opportunity to make a positive difference in the industry through active participation in the Board. Transport Women Australia Limited initially sparked my interest as I wanted to align myself with a remarkable team who share my passion with respect of making this great industry, even greater” – Penne Murphy

Simone Reinertsen

Simone Reinertsen


Simone Reinertsen has spent years honing her customer service skills across hospitality, retail, health and fitness, training, and workplace education.


The last 20+ years have seen her working with the transport industry offering training solutions, and workforce development opportunities, including language, literacy, and numeracy support. Oner of her favourite titles was ‘Solutions Manager” because it articulated her role of understanding businesses and identifying opportunities to grow and improve, through the development of their workforces. Simone has been working as the NHVRs Stakeholder Engagement Officer in South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania since 2015.


Her role has seen her engage with a variety of stakeholders across the heavy vehicle industry, and various levels of government.


Simone works with NHVR subject matter experts in Access, Accreditation, Safety and Compliance, PBS, Policy, and other business units, to help facilitate effective outcomes for the customer. She is also part of the Customer Experience team within the NHVR which is working with the business on improving the experiences customers have when they interact with the regulator.


Simone aligns herself with the NHVR Values of; People matter, Customer first, We add value, and Strong partnerships.


Simone has a passion for education, in helping customers meet their obligations under the HVNL, and more specifically Chain of Responsibility. She has been a member of TWAL for many years and has commenced as a Member of the Board in 2022.

Annastasia Denigan


Having spent the entirety of her career in logistics and supply chain management sectors, Annastasia is a passionate safety and heavy vehicle compliance specialist.


Completing her Executive MBA in 2022, a year after winning QTA’s Queensland Trucking Woman of the year Annastasia is dedicated to improving the perception of industry whilst prompting the important role that women play.


With a strong commitment to road safety, Annastasia represents the industry through multiple industry representations including the ISSC Transport industry steering committee for QLD OIR and is the Chairs of The Transport Safety network in Brisbane .


Looking ahead, Denigan says she’s really excited about the innovation coming through in the industry, particularly with the use of technology to drive better safety outcomes.


Joining the Transport Women Australia Limited Board in late 2022 after being an active member of the years, Annastasia is looking forward to applying her knowledge and skills to support the great work that Transport Women Australia Limited continue to deliver.

Our Story

In December 1999, eight amazing women joined forces and Transport Women Australia Limited was formed.

These women wanted to make a difference and although their roles were varied, they wanted to give women a single voice as they realised that women were often running the companies but getting no recognition and had nowhere to be heard.


They tested the boundaries, spoke about the issues that had not been spoken about before and opened avenues of development for young people, and provided opportunities for women in the industry.


One of the values of the organisation is being able to give back to the industry while paying forward what has been given to you.


The women who followed built on these foundations offering support to women in the industry as everyone faces the same issues whether it is rules and regulations, road safety, OHS, or training. The transport and logistics industry is a very practical industry and finds realistic and practical solutions to adapt; other industries can learn from this.


They conducted research, began to hold conferences to bring the women in the industry together on common ground, bestowed the original scholarships, joined the ATA Council, and had a national voice. They nominated many women for national awards and ensured women gained recognition for their contribution to the industry.


The organisation today has a large membership across Australia as well as some international members, we have established successful initiatives as we grow to assist those members in their personal professional development or for them to contribute more to the successful operation of their business. We have other projects in the planning stages to continue this work and are dedicated to raising the profile of and improving the industry for all participants but especially for women. We are passionate about ensuring our role models are recognised and take the message of our great industry to the community. We do this through our many TWAL events throughout the year, attending schools, career and trade fairs, truck shows and speaking at conferences and forums.

Additional Resources

Transport Women Australia Limited 'Living the Dream Promo'

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Creating Connections Mentoring Program

Transport Women Australia Limited 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner